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Michigan restaurants on Wednesday proposed tying indoor capacity limits to the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive, contending that clear guideposts would help the hospitality industry navigate the pandemic.

Bars and restaurants, which reopened for indoor dining and drinking on Feb 1. after a 2 1/2-month ban, have a 10 p.m. curfew and are limited to 25% occupancy, up to a maximum of 100 patrons, under a state health order supported by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. She has opposed linking coronavirus metrics to the automatic loosening or tightening of restrictions.

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Dr. Rob Davidson

Hospitals across the region are at capacities never before sustained. West Michigan hospitals are being hit harder than any other place in the state with COVID-19 cases. One emergency physician is asking the public to weigh their individual freedoms with what wearing a mask can mean for their health and getting back to some semblance of normal.

“If we want to get things back on track as quickly as possible, the first step, that to me infringes very minimally on people’s individual liberties, to say let’s wear a mask and prevent the spread.”